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Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 21:32
by boney
humblebee wrote:Gah. It looks like I chose the worst goshdarn night ever to play in Leicester.
On the same line up! He's LHOOQ. I'll be there, probably not before quarter pasy nine though.

Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 22:05
by humblebee
Giant Isopod wrote:
humblebee wrote:Gah. It looks like I chose the worst goshdarn night ever to play in Leicester.
On the same line up! He's LHOOQ. I'll be there, probably not before quarter pasy nine though.
Oh I see!

Your balls misled me.

Re: Leicester

Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 20:32
by humblebee
That is so ace!

Aw, it's ages since I played a city I've never played at before. I'm quite excited about this.

Re: Leicester

Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 20:33
by sweepingthenation
And I've just this second moved it to your thread because I thought you'd have a better chance of seeing it there, so out of context that makes no sense at all. Ah, me.

Re: Leicester

Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 17:24
by sweepingthenation
The Charlotte seems to be quietly reopening in a month's time: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=130620333583

Re: Leicester

Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 17:32
by Pablo
I'd heard a rumour to that effect.

I suppose it's a good thing, but what I would really have liked to see would be for it to be replaced by a better venue

Re: Leicester

Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 17:35
by sweepingthenation
Someone spotted the for sale sign had been removed a month ago. There's no indication of who's actually behind it yet, not even the better connected areas of the music community seem to know (and Andy who previously owned it is now booking for Sumo and helping launch the new venture on Frog Island), but that's not a lot of time they've given themselves to completely renovate the place and right its myriad faults.

Re: Leicester

Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 17:51
by Pablo
I know it's been said a thousand times already, but it always mystified me why they knocked it through into the one room. It made no difference to the actual venue bit, and they lost the pub custom they used to get.

We really need another venue. The Musician is ok for gigs where no one turns up, but it's horrible if there's much of a crowd

Re: Leicester

Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 17:55
by sweepingthenation
As I see it the Musician is pretty much returning after some eclectic messing about (Rolo Tomassi!) to its Americana roots, The Shed is for ska-punks and 17 year olds, Sumo's becoming The Shed II, and Firebug, for all its very knowledgeable and enthusiastic young handsome promoters, is 100 capacity. The city needs somewhere where proper touring bands can go, but then the city won't substantially fill it either.

Re: Leicester

Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 18:05
by Pablo
Leicester's an odd crowd, for sure. I'm not sure there are many other cities this size so poorly served for this sort of thing, but if the people don't want it, what can you do?

I still mourn the passing of the DMU Arena. I had assumed that it had been knocked down, but I think it's still there, cruelly mocking me

Re: Leicester

Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 18:49
by sweepingthenation
More details - http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/n ... ticle.html

That doesn't sound particularly enticing, does it?

Re: Leicester

Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 22:17
by Pablo
Not particularly, no. Best of luck to them though, I suppose it's better than nowt

Re: Leicester

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:53
by sweepingthenation
"The Charlotte is now being run as A Social Enterprise, the local community acting together to provide services needed by local people. The Charlotte will try and generate an income to ensure it covers its running costs and is self sustainable. Also The Charlotte will qualify for grant support. Any additional money that it generates is reinvested back into The Charlotte and no one makes a profit. We are hoping that this will make the venue more accessible to the community enabling us to use it to its full potential."

Well, that sounds fully worthwhile. Good on them,

"You will now be required to pay a deposit of £33 to play at the Charlotte or £45 as a headliner."

Oh.

Re: Leicester

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:56
by a layer of chips
That's crackers! What's the point?

Re: Leicester

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 13:31
by sweepingthenation
There isn't one, obviously, apart from making money that they claim will be put back into the venue, which by some accounts they aren't doing a lot with in terms of making it hospitable. (This is of course all until the six month lease runs out and it's sold for student flats, at which point the very same people will accuse the whole city of not caring about their own music scene)

Re: Leicester

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 13:36
by MJHibbett
sweepingthenation wrote:"You will now be required to pay a deposit of £33 to play at the Charlotte or £45 as a headliner."
A deposit? Which they'll give you back once you've played, right? Or do they not know what "deposit" means?

Why can't they knock the Charlotte down and leave the Pump & Tap standing?

Re: Leicester

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 16:19
by sweepingthenation

Re: Leicester

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 17:45
by Pablo

Re: Leicester

Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 07:00
by a layer of chips
Fucks sake.
Student flats plan to replace The Charlotte music venue in Leicester
Thursday, November 05, 2009, 09:30

Developers are planning to demolish a well-known music venue to build student flats.

The Charlotte, which has played host to bands including Oasis, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys and Leicester's Kasabian, will be turned into 11 student flats if developer Deckchair Ltd gets planning permission.

Under the proposals, the bar area would be retained.

But the rest of the building – including the stage and dance area – would become flats featuring 23 bedrooms and a courtyard.

The Oxford Street venue, on the edge of the city centre, only reopened last month after closing earlier this year due to a cash crisis.

It is currently being leased on a temporary contract by a group of managers headed by Tim Sturgess.

He told the Leicester Mercury: "We did take it on on a six-month basis but we were looking to hopefully get a long-term deal.

"It would be sad for everyone, including ourselves, if it is turned into flats.

"We would like to keep it open but we've worked very closely with the current owners and it does need a lot of inward investment, which isn't viable."

The Mercury contacted a spokesman for the new owners when they took over from Punch Taverns in September.

They refused to reveal their identity or comment on plans for the building.

An application has now been submitted to Leicester City Council, although planning officials said they had not got enough information to advertise the notice yet.

Once the application is publicised, people will have three weeks to make objections.

Deckchair Ltd's agent, Landmark Planning Ltd, said the back part of the building would be demolished and an additional floor added if the proposals went ahead.

Following the Charlotte's closure in January, thousands of music fans signed petitions and joined online campaigns to keep it going.

Support for the venue grew again when it reopened and it now has almost 2,700 members signed up to its Facebook group. Band members and campaigners said they hoped to see the venue stay open.

Seb Twigden, lead singer with Autohype, who played at the relaunch night in October, said: "I think it would be a real shame because obviously the Charlotte is such a prestigious venue in Leicester.

"We played on the opening night and it was really good – we were hoping to do more nights like that."

Stuart Bailey, chairman of Leicester Civic Society, said: "It would be very sad because it's certainly an iconic music venue and therefore culturally important to the city.

"There are so many student flats around. We're going to be completely swamped by flats soon."

A spokesman for the city council said any objections would be referred to the planning committee.

She said: "Because of the timescales involved this is likely to be in the new year, if necessary."

Mr Sturgess told the Mercury that gigs would go ahead as planned until their lease was up in March.

He said the new owners were helping his group find a bigger space in the city. He said: "We are close to securing an 1,800-capacity venue and we'd be looking to bring in acts currently bypassing Leicester."

Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 21:53
by boney
I gather that plan's been withdrawn.